Based on the factors that the University of Liverpool CPD team regularly see affecting organisations, individuals and learning and development teams across the globe, we have compiled a list of ten elements we believe are the key to the future of CPD:
1. Identifying Return on Investment (ROI)
Identifying the real value CPD learning spend brings to your business and how it can further add value
2. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and Online Training
Giving open access to short CPD courses and modules, overcoming budgetary constraints and allowing high levels of flexibility in CPD learning.
3. Modular CPD Programmes
Providing a structured learning pathway, giving learning credits for individual short courses and building up to potential full academic or professional qualifications.
4. Focus on High Performance Workplaces
Using CPD to create a high performance workplace, which will significantly increase business or organisational performance.
5. Linking HR and Business Plan
To ensure learning, training and development programmes will add clear and measurable value to the specific strategic objectives of the business or organisation
6. New/Leading Edge Knowledge
Ensuring that your CPD programme is based on new, high level research findings and knowledge, relevant to the future of your industry or sector, ensuring a clear competitive edge
7. Bite Sized Learning
Delivering CPD courses on a practical and manageable basis to learners, either online or in the training room, in short bursts of learning which fit around differing working day formats
8. Blended Delivery
To make learning delivery easily accessible and relevant to the needs of the learners, blended delivery training programmes use a structured combination of ‘face to face’, online and other relevant delivery approaches as required by the individual or organisation?
9. Mobile Learning
Using a range of potential mobile devices to allow the workforce to access CPD learning on a ‘just in time’ basis, wherever they may be working geographically, and whatever their job role may be
10. Use of Action Learning
Using individual and/or group workplace projects focused on actual business issues or opportunities, CPD learning impacts on both individual and organisational objectives
Have you considered all of these factors? Which do you believe are most important for your organisation’s CPD needs? Let us know on Twitter!